Street, pavement cafes and furniture

The Government has announced emergency legislation to assist Councils in the provision of temporary outside seating areas for the hospitality sector.

The legislation has not yet been passed but is expected to become law imminently.

The Council is developing a new streamlined process to make it quick and simple to apply for these new style Temporary Pavement Licenses.   

Please check this website week ending 17 July for an update. 

To place tables, chairs or other temporary furniture on the pavement you will need a licence.


It is recommended that you contact us for advice before you submit your application.

Application evaluation process

  • designated area - you will only be allowed to provide refreshments within a designated area serviced from your existing premises. If the space is insufficient or causes an obstruction your application may be refused
  • the designated area will need to be kept clean at all times and you could be charged for the cost of making good any damage to the highway
  • you will be required to provide evidence of insurance
  • hours of operation for the facility will be specified and enforced
  • public notice of the application must be given detailing the proposal and deadline for representations
  • all representations received must be considered
  • any other relevant authorities must be consulted

Eligibility criteria

Before applying for a licence you should check whether planning permission or listed building consent is required for use of the land or building as a cafe.


Contact us

Report a problem online

If you consider a highways issue to be dangerous, or an emergency, please call us on:

0300 123 5020
(8:30am – 5:00pm)

0300 123 5025
(after 5pm and before 8:30am, including weekends)

Floor 6
Delamere House

Delamere Street Crewe

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